Sip, savor, socialize at upcoming Hops & Vines Festival Oct. 27

City Club Raleigh is hosting their second annual Hops + Vines Festival for their annual Charity Classic on Friday, Oct.27, from 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.Charity-Classic-Poster-2017-FINAL

Dedicated to giving back to the community, City Club Raleigh presents Hops & Vines, a beer and wine festival to benefit the latest research and development supporting Augie’s Quest and the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation and the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina Region – an organization that is currently working to raise funds for disaster relief for those affected by the hurricane season. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the charities.

To heighten the NC community presence, City Club Raleigh’s executive Chef Troy Stauffer and his culinary team have teamed up with local vendors and farmers (Cheney Brothers, Fresh Point Produce, Heritage Farms, Joyce Farms and more) and local brew. Guests will expect a grand culinary adventure of craft beer, fine wine and fabulous appetizers. In addition to the event, there will be live DJ music and exciting experience packages for auction.
“The past few months, our neighbors have needed us more than ever. Fires have robbed families of their homes. Floodwaters have submerged communities. And major hurricanes have driven people away from their neighborhoods. And through it all, the Red Cross is there,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “We are so honored to have the City Club support the Red Cross this year and help us prevent and alleviate suffering in the midst of these disasters.”
The City Club Raleigh event is open to the public. Event cost is $45 per ticket; $80 for a two pack and $150 for a four pack. To RSVP, please visit

For more information or to make reservations, contact City Club Raleigh at 919.834.8829.

Volunteer calls Red Cross her favorite organization

Since January of 2017, Ann Smith, a retired nurse, has been giving back to her community by volunteering with the American Red Cross from coast to coast.

In the winter, Ann spends her time in North Carolina, and in theAnn Smith photo summer, she and her husband live in Washington State. But one thing is consistent – no matter the state, she dedicates her time to the Eastern North Carolina Red Cross.

On the East Coast, Ann volunteers as a Disaster Action Team (DAT) member, Disaster Health Services (DHS) team member, helps with volunteer recognition and appreciation, and chips in during local blood drives.  And when Ann is on the West Coast, she works remotely as a DHS team member and assists with volunteer recognition.

In her primary volunteer role with Red Cross health services, it’s Ann’s job is to come in after a crisis like a home fire or storm and help people replace their medications and/or medical equipment.

Ann recently returned from Houston where she helped victims of Hurricane Harvey. “The number of people in need was shocking…it really made me think about what’s important in life,” Ann said. “I met many people, from all walks of life, that lost everything they owned because of the hurricane. All were incredibly thankful for even the smallest kindness shown to them and any resource [the Red Cross was] able to provide them.”

Ann chose to become a volunteer with the Red Cross because she said the volunteer-driven organization directs 91 cents of every dollar raised to those in need. And volunteers carry out 90 percent of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross.

“The Red Cross volunteers that I have worked with have all been enthusiastic, generous, kind and caring people. In Houston, I met volunteers…from nearly every U.S. state as well as from Mexico, and [were of] all ages. The young volunteers to the elderly, were all dedicated to getting the job done and doing so in a supportive and positive manner,” Ann said.

When asked what her proudest moment is to-date as a Red Cross volunteer, Ann said it’s “every time a client says, ‘thank you or God Bless you for helping me.’ I am happy that I am able to help them.”

Through volunteering, Ann makes a difference in people’s lives. You can too. Sign up to volunteer today at

Story by Nichole Nettleton / American Red Cross